Module Outline

TITLE: Culture & Society in Nineteenth-Century France
CODE: FRE214
CREDITS: 20
LEVEL: 2
SCHOOL: Social and International Studies
MODULE BOARD: Modern Languages
PRE-REQUISITES: FRE111, FRE112, FRE114 or equivalent
CO-REQUISITES: None
LEARNING HOURS: 150 hours the nature of which is specified in the module guide

CONTENT SYNOPSIS:

A study of the major literary, artistic and intellectual trends in nineteenth-century French culture, looking at examples from the work of major figures such as Hugo, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Balzac, Flaubert and Zola. Following an introductory section on reading nineteenth-century French culture, two main themes are chosen as a basis for the development of a comparative approach: i) modernity and the city; and ii) women and society. The module involves the study of the two major literary genres of the period, lyric poetry and prose fiction, and also covers the work of such painters as Courbet, Manet, Degas and Caillebotte.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

By the end of this module students will have learnt to:

a. understand the main characteristics and evolution of the main literary forms of the period;
b. develop powers of more sophisticated literary analysis through detailed close, as well as comparative, study of the major works;
c. relate literary texts to their social and historical context;
d. develop an ability to present a coherent argument or analysis orally and in writing (presentations, essays and commentaries);
e. research relevant information from a range of English and French sources;
f. further develop skills in manipulating IT-based resources.

ASSESSMENT METHODS:

a. 1 single author essay (40%)
b. 1 comparative essay (40%)
c. 1 oral presentation (20%)

TEACHING & LEARNING METHODS:

a. lectures (24 hours);
b. seminars (24 hours) composed of discussion seminars focusing on student presentations, textual analysis/commentary classes and Internet workshops.

PROGRAMMES USING THIS MODULE AS CORE/OPTION:

BA/BSc. Joint Honours Scheme (Ma, D, Mi) (option)
BA European Studies (option)
B.Ed. Modern Foreign Languages (option)

Franchised: No

MODULE LEADER: Tony McNeill (School of Social and International Studies 22.5.97)

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